5/23/2017

I brought along a book called “Everything Sings: Maps For a Narrative Atlas” by Denis Wood which is a practice in deep mapping, in this particular case, of the author's hometown Boylan Heights North Carolina. The book is a collection of what many would call “impractical” maps that outline the intricate layers of the identity of place rather than attempt the pseudo objectivity of a traditional map. These maps range from a mapping of the neighborhoods carved pumpkins on Halloween, to the daily route of the paperboy, to the sounds he recorded while walking a set path through town. Pictured above is a map of squirrel routes in Boylan Heights. This is the practice of abandoning the grid, found not only in the paths of fences in the rural landscape but also the grid of the traditional map still caught up in the values of the enlightenment and victorian eras, which only tell one specific narrative, far from the depth of place, and embracing the narrative in the postmodern, that is discussed in Susan Mahers “Deep Mapping” where she writes narrative radiates out from personal history to connect to a deeper geological time and to a longer sense of human habitation. By gathering these smaller pieces of experience we ultimately reach a more profound whole.